Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders & SUD, Part 4: Addiction and Trauma - Understanding the Connection and Approach to Treatment

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, March 3, 2023

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Traumatic childhood and life events shape the way an individual sees themselves and the world. These experiences have a significant impact on relationships, self-perception, coping skills, self-esteem, and more. Unfortunately, a common and initially effective way of managing the impact of trauma is through compulsive behaviors. These behaviors provide temporary relief and anesthetize emotional and relational pain. The focus of this presentation is to provide an understanding of the relationship between addiction and trauma and the application of this knowledge through the framework of a compassionate, relational approach to support healing.


Rafael J. Cortina, LMFT, MAC, CCTP, is a bilingual Therapist who has worked in Mexico and the United States. He has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. He has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master's in Business Administration. Cortina is a Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified Gestalt Couples Therapist, and has specialized in training on EMDR, TRM, addiction treatment, and trauma. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at National University and Board Member at the IAAGT. He has been a presenter and facilitator of several workshops, trainings, lectures, international conferences, and supervision both virtually and in-person in Mexico, the United States, Australia, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe how compulsive behavior can function as creative adjustment to trauma and the impact on adult behavior and relationships. 
  • Participants will be able to identify three effective ways of supporting recovery while providing a safe space for trauma work.
  • Participants will be able to formulate an application of compassionate inquiry principals and relational therapy to support recovery and trauma healing.
Content Level

Beginning and Intermediate.

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  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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